In almost 20 kilometres, a long stretched climbs leads to an altitude of around 500 metres. The route keeps lingering at that altitude until kilometre 50 when an equally long stretched descent leads to the second half of the race. Also on rolling roads, only now fluctuating between 100 and 300 metres above sea level.
At kilometre 139 the riders enter a final circuit. They tackle a two-stage climb to Civitanova Alta before the first passage on the line with 15.7 kilometres to go. That same climb is crested again with 8 kilometres left, which makes it a perfect spot to go on the attack. The first 1.6 kilometre goes up at 4.7% and following a 500 metres intermezzo the last kilometre accounts for a 7.4% gradient. A fast drop takes the riders to a flat run to the line of 3.5 kilometres.
Stage 4 in the Tirreno-Adriatico of 2008 did finish in Civitanova Marche with Alessandro Petacchi outsprinting Óscar Freire. The last time the coastal town hosted a pro-cycling race was in 2015 when a stage in the Giro d’Italia left for Forlí, where Nicola Boem brought an early break home.
The first three riders on the line in Civitanova Marche take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the two intermediate sprints (after 113,4 en 143,8 kilometres) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 stage 6: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Start 6th stage in Ascoli Piceno
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Finish 6th stage in Civitanova Marche